• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

Places to Go

Seastacks during a foggy sunset


Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. From the lush canopy of the rain forests, to the sandy beaches of the coast, to the majestic overlooks of the rugged, glacier-capped mountains, Olympic National Park has a great deal to offer.

The following list of destinations may help you decide where to start your travels through Olympic National Park. Here you can find important information regarding the nature of the area, how to get there, recreational opportunities, and where to go from there!

three dark-haired girls looking at Olympic Mountains

Views from Hurricane Ridge

Exploring the Mountains
Spectacular scenery, glacier-capped peaks and mountain meadows beckon.

Roads to Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park provide vehicle access to the park's mountain wilderness.

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hiker walking through forest

Easy trails bring you into a forested wilderness.

Exploring the Forests
Forests blanket most of the park's low and middle elevations; temperate rainforest is found on the park's west-facing slopes and valleys. Higher up, the forests give way to clumps of trees among the subalpine meadows.

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young girl in pink jacket and bright green boots, holding a piece of kelp

Kelp intrigues a young beachcomber.

Exploring the Coast
Roads and short trails provide access to much of Olympic's 72-mile wilderness coast.

Here you will find wide, sandy beaches, rocky headlands and views of wave-battered offshore "sea stacks".

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Elwha River Restoration

Opportunities to connect with Elwha River Restoration await your discovery. The largest dam removal in United States history began September 2011.


Did You Know?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.